I-515/US 95 through downtown, from Mojave Road (east of Eastern Avenue) to Rancho Drive. Major exits include Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas Boulevard, Casino Center Boulevard and, MLK Boulevard, and Rancho Drive.
DAP is a project created by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). It is the long-term solution to address the aging bridge infrastructure, improve safety, improve freeway operations, add freeway capacity and High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) access, and meet the community needs in this corridor.
The project is estimated to be 10-13 years in total. NDOT is about two years into the environmental process. The following tasks will be pursued: final design and property (right-of-way) acquisitions (approximately 4 years), and construction (4-5 years).
The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process allows transportation officials to make project decisions that balance engineering and transportation needs with social, economic, and natural environmental factors. During the process, a wide range of partners including the public, businesses, interest groups, and agencies at all levels of government, provide input into the project and environmental decisions.
As part of the environmental process, NDOT is evaluating potential alternatives, performing environmental studies, and receiving public and stakeholder input. The preferred alternative will be determined at the end of the environmental process, in spring/summer 2023.
Yes, some property acquisitions will be required. Acquisitions will not be pursued until the environmental studies have been completed, which is scheduled for late 2022 or early 2023. See the graphic below illustrating NDOT’s process for acquisition.
After an extensive street closures campaign in March/April 2021, where NDOT received more than 450 comments from residents, businesses, and users of the surface streets, NDOT reduced the proposed number of surface street closures from 8 or 9 to 3 or 4.
In the north and south alternative, NDOT is proposing to permanently close three surface streets that currently cross under US 95: 8th, 14th, and 16th.
In the recessed alternative, NDOT is proposing to permanently close four surface streets that currently cross under US 95: 8th, 14th, and 16th, and 19th.
As noted above, these bridges are getting older, and DAP is a long-term project. NDOT needed to perform improvements to extend the service life of the bridges until the long-term solution can be built.
The current project is also adding a southbound auxiliary lane from the Spaghetti Bowl to Eastern Ave to assist with the current back-ups that occur when merging from I-15 NB/SB onto US 95 SB.